'Handmaid's Tale' wine scrapped after social media backlash

Esequiel Farfan
Julio 12, 2018

Hulu's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian classic, The Handmaid's Tale has rocked all of our worlds.

The quick cancellation came after People reported Tuesday that wine merchant Lot18 collaborated with series producer MGM to sell three new wines based on "bold characters" from the show: Offred (Elisabeth Moss), Ofglen (Alexis Bledel) and Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski).

Promised to be "a powerful experience you will never forget", the 2017 Pays d'Oc Pinot Noir for Offred is described as "rich and complex", while the 2017 Rogue Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for Ofglen is "a daring testament to the heights that Oregon Cabs can reach, featuring concentrated flavors of cherry, plum and coffee bean that give way to a warm, spicy finish".

People magazine revealed Tuesday morning that MGM and wine seller Lot18 were releasing a collection of wines inspired by the show.

And the label of Serena Joy's 2016 Bordeaux blanc calls it "sophisticated, traditional and austere".

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Offred's name was attached to a pinot noir 'so beguiling it seems nearly forbidden to taste.

The line of wines was met with backlash on social media with some accusing the marketing of the wine as being tone deaf due to the show's content.

The harrowing scenes of rape and abuse in Channel 4 drama The Handmaid's Tale may have left viewers in need of a stiff drink, but a recent attempt to cash in on the show's success left a sour taste in the mouth for many fans. Offred and other fertile handmaids are forced to have babies in an effort to help repopulate the world.

If you were looking to get your hands on some "The Handmaid's Tale" wine, you're out of luck.

"The secret ingredient is roofies", a social media user tweeted.

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